“Another year over, a new one just begun.”
“Ring out the old, ring in the new, ding-dong, ding-dong.”
What a way to start off the New Year with quotes from two twentieth-century philosophers…
I had to admit, I had a panic-filled moment when I saw the days winding down on my calendar. Around December 27th I was upset that the end of world was upon us – you can see why after that close call with the Mayan calendar. My fears were relieved, however, when I went to the auto-parts store and there on the counter was a shiny new calendar for 2014 awaiting me – and they gave it to me for free – complete with hot rods and bikini girls!
The Julian calendar was introduced by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C. It was the calendar of choice throughout the Western World, including the New World – which we already established was the Old World to the indigenous people that already lived there (see Giving of Thanks).
The Julian calendar was replaced by the Gregorian calendar in most places thanks to Pope Gregory Xlll in 1582. The Julian calendar had 365.25 days per year. The Gregorian calendar has 365.2425 days per year. Holy mackerel, the Julian calendar gained one day every 134 years.
What does all of this mean? It beats the hell out of me. How many of us will be around in 134 years to notice the difference?
Which reminds me of the number 1 most important thing I learned in six and one-half years of college – it is a quote from my next door neighbor during college named Mary…
“It is a matter of life and death,
Of bathing suits and ho-hum breath.”
I think that about sums it up – Happy New Year Everyone!